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Airhawk seat pad help

I'm planning on buying an "Airhawk R" seat pad for my 2004 GL1800. The sizing charts are a bit confusing. For any of you folks out there that have purchased one of them, can you tell me what size you are using and how do you like it? Thanks in advance for the help!

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The Airhawk R is the one to use. It is about the same shape as the seat.It is different from the original in the fact that is is cut out in front for the "boys". I have the original and would not ride without out it.
Just remember NOT to overfill it. You want to sit in it, not on it. Your tail bones should actually just about be touching the seat. The air in the Airhawk will cradle your backside and your inner thighs.
Trial and error until you get it where if feels good.
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iirc the directions on mine say to set it so it depresses 1/2 inch when you sit down
So the above posters suggestions are approx the same amount...some

Once you have one, you wont ride without it.

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iirc the directions on mine say to set it so it depresses 1/2 inch when you sit down
So the above posters suggestions are approx the same amount...some

Once you have one, you wont ride without it.
Tom, I am having one heck of a time getting mine right, but before I pitch the idea of it working and buy a new seat I thought it might be worth asking a dumb question or two. I just finished a 476 mile ride, with 100 miles being the longest continuous ride, but by the time I got home I was in some serious pain. Is there a real trick to it of some kind? I contacted Airhawk and they just gave me a pat answer of "Oh, it is a personal preference thing".

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Its a process to learn your comfort spot. Barely put any air into the pad- then sit on it.
Can you easily slide your thumb under side of butt? Too Much air
Let a little out and sit again. little finger can barely slide in and you are in the zone.
If you feel a rocking motion it has too much air. The air should move thru the inter-connected channels without a sailboat motion
When held in hand it should flop over.

You can do most of the adjusting on your regular office or house chair- to get a feel for too much and not enough.
Then mounting the bike for seat testing
A helper can make the lowering adjustment, while you rise off seat- without getting on/off the bike 50 times

iirc directions for the Cruiser R Airhawk says: 10 MM (about pinkie finger size) space between bikes actual seat cushion
and THE EDGE of your posterior, as slid in from the side.
a thin layer of air is what you ride on, not in direct contact with bike seat.

You want it to sink where your sitz bones sit, to conform to you with that layer of air.
Once its right... you wont ride without it. I dont!

there are youtube vids on adjust cruiser r, to see how little air is really needed.

If yours looked full, it was way overfull, house test it to know.
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Mine is an older version. I bought it in 2012, but, according to the tag, it looks like it was made in 2010. I will try the suggestions posted. Thanks.
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Okay, did the thumb/little finger fitment test. Have a ride tomorrow that may be too short to tell, but will test it out. Thanks

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A few blocks and corners will tell- if you are rocking, its got too much. Simple!
When seated on the bike rock your hips so one side of butt goes down and touches seat.

The older airhawks, and newly made of old style, are dark colored rubber like an inner tube.
Cruiser R is a different thin material, light colored and distinct cutout down the center.
We use the size Large
Both adjust the same way: fill up 1/4 to half full and begin sit testing.
Inflate fully to see how thats not going to work Its not a cushy pillow, though could be one on a camping trip.

My 94 came with an 800$ Russell seat, guess whats 100$ of comfort on top of all that firm support
Airhawk Cruiser R found cheapest at phatperformanceparts.com 20some$ less

Im seat testing mine in the office chair for weekend trip now, forgot how nice it makes this chair, may have to order another!
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Today's ride was about 200 miles, though not all of it continuous. Longest continuous stretch was 70 miles. I can't say there was no discomfort, but can definitely say there was considerably less. The real test for me will be when I do in excess of 100 miles with no (or at least minimal) stops. Thanks for your help on this Tom!
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